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May 2022
Tēnā koe,

In this month’s health sector news, we are excited to bring you our new self-management toolkit Te Kete Haerenga – Your journey to wellbeing kete. This toolkit empowers people living with one or more long-term conditions to become active partners in their care and decision-making, and is the result of extensive consultation and co-design with key stakeholders.

In other Health Navigator NZ news, we bring you information about our 
Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum, which will focus on sharing innovative models of care across the motu. This unmissable event will take place on 11 August, so be sure to save the date in your calendar. 

Ngā mihi,
Dr Janine Bycroft
Clinical Director, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Health Navigator NZ news
Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum 2022
Thursday 11 August 2022, 8.30 – 3.30pm, FREE

Are you interested in improving long-term condition management? If so, we'd like you to join us for this exciting online event.  

COVID has had a huge impact on long-term condition management with worsening secondary CVD prevention, cancer screening and diabetes check rates to name a few. We're keen to share stories of innovation, excellence and equity champions to inspire, encourage and share ideas we can apply regionally and locally. Read more.
Call for abstracts – LTC Forum 
We're seeking presentations on great initiatives that demonstrate how integrated and coordinated services can lead to positive outcomes for people with long-term health conditions. 

We also want to highlight national priorities of achieving equity, mental wellbeing, and taking a person and whānau-centred approach to care. If you, or your colleagues are doing some amazing mahi, we want to hear from you.
Submit an abstract.
Te Kete Haerenga
This week the Health Navigator Charitable Trust launched Te Kete Haerenga – Your journey to wellbeing kete, an online self-management toolkit designed to empower people living with one or more long-term health conditions.

The toolkit enables people to become active partners in decision-making and work towards achieving goals that are meaningful for them and their whānau. As a result, they are more likely to be successful and improve their quality of life. The toolkit is supported by a range of self-management tools that cover pain, fatigue, sleep, medicines and stress. 

Te Kete Haerenga replaces the trust’s self-management resource, Take Charge, and is the result of extensive consultation and co-design with key stakeholders, including Māori, Pasifika and tangata whaiora. Find out more about the toolkit.
Seeking community engagement leads
Are you an authentic communicator, natural relationship builder and engagement specialist with deep work experience and connections within the Māori or Pasifika communities? Health Navigator Charitable Trust has immediate openings for a part-time Cultural Engagement Lead (Māori focus) and a part-time Cultural Engagement Lead (Pasifika focus).

This is an exciting opportunity to serve Māori and Pasifika people across Tāmaki Makaurau and play an important role in helping the trust collaborate and connect with our community. The Cultural Engagement Leads will gather community input to shape the development of health and hauora resources that will be critical to the success of the psychosocial COVID response across Tāmaki Makaurau and will empower people and communities to significantly improve their own health and wellbeing – ‘by community, for community, with community’.

Applications close on 26 May. Find out more.

Te Wero – Calling all who live and work with rangatahi!
Health Navigator are running a survey of rangatahi (youth) 13‒25 years old living in Aotearoa New Zealand and need your help!

Te Wero is seeking rangatahi to develop and release a digital platform that signposts health and hauora support and resources. The survey will:
  • Help us understand the wants, needs and challenges when trying to find or access health information or health services
  • Help us find passionate rangatahi to join our paid advisory group, bringing their insights and personal experiences
  • Identify key health topics relevant to youth.
There are great prizes up for grabs for those who complete the survey. Find out more about the project and share the survey far and wide.
Medicine factsheets for COVID related illness
Recently Health Navigator NZ developed antiviral and pain relief medicine factsheets for people with COVID related illness. These factsheets help people find out how to take the medicine safely, things to bear in mind while taking it and when they should seek medical care for side effects.
Available in English, Te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (simplified), Cook Islands Māori and Niuean.

Available in English, with translation to come:
Health information videos in NZSL released
Check out this new series of health information videos in New Zealand Sign Language just released. The 42 videos cover seven essential health topics in detail: chest pain, vaccines, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, and osteoarthritis. They’ve been created by Platform Trust in partnership with Deafradio and use Health Navigator NZ resources. Find out more.
Health app library news
How to eat out as a coeliac
The insides guide is an interactive online guide that uses a range of methods (audio, video, quizzes) to educate coeliacs on how to eat out safely. As well as covering dining out in cafes and restaurants, it also provides advice on how to manage to eat safely in social situations with friends and family. Find out more.
New and updated on our website
Here are some of the latest new or updated topics. Visit for full list.

Health topics


Videos and apps

Quit smoking resource for Maori

How Health Navigator NZ can help you
Studies show learning is enhanced when whānau are given quality written or online information to support their retention and understanding following a consultation or hospital admission. The Health Navigator NZ website is designed to make it easy for your clinical teams to give people relevant New Zealand information and self-care resources. 

You can print out topic sheets, share pages via email and social media or jot down topic suggestions on our wallet cards for whānau to look up online at home. We also have posters and rack cards that are ideal for waiting rooms. Order here

**Reminder: This clinical update is to give DHBs, PHOs and other key health groups an overview of what's happening in the Long-Term Conditions and Health Navigator space. We bring you news and links to relevant health promotion topics for the month. As always, we are keen to hear from you about ways we can support your region and population. Please email
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